Chaos Communication Congress

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The Chaos Communication Congress is a three-day meeting of the international hacker scene, organized by the Chaos Computer Club. The congress features a variety of lectures and workshops on technical and political issues.

The event has taken place regularly at the end of the year since 1984. A fixed time frame (December 27 to December 29) has been the established for a couple of years now. The Congress, having grown up in Hamburg, moved to Berlin in 1998. It usually attracts between 2.500 and 3.500 participants.

The Congress is a low-budget event and tries to keep entry fees low to allow young people to participate. A large range of speakers are part of the scene and organizational work is done by volunteers usually called Chaos Angels.

An important part of the Congress is the hack center allowing room for around 600 people to operate their devices. The hack center and other areas of the Congress are connected to the Internet with a broadband connection. The hack center is considered a huge laboratory for operating and testing modern network technology and software.

Since 1997 the Congress also hosts the annual German Lockpicking Championships.

See also: Chaos Communication Camp

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